Reducing Black/white racial disparities in Madison requires a dual approach in terms of leadership and capacity development. African Americans are extremely underrepresented in executive and leadership roles in local businesses and though they make up about 6% of the population, they own only around 1% of all businesses. Black leaders who do manage to find success in Madison often do not stay long due to lack of support. To improve this outcome, we need to increase opportunities for Black professionals to learn, grow, advance, and network as leaders.
To begin to change the status quo, we also need to expand the awareness of white professionals and community members of historic and current root causes and effects of racial disparities. As white Madisonians begin to understand the structural and institutional factors that cause current racial disparities, they can begin to develop solutions to build more inclusive environments.
Nehemiah provides a wide array of culturally competent and relevant programs to meet the needs of Black leaders as well as the general Madison population. Our programs are designed to transform the many faces of leadership within our community.
Through this cohort structure limited to 15 participants over 5 months, Nehemiah seeks to transform the face of leadership in our community and equip Black leaders with the distinct tools needed to lead change in our community, in this current moment. Participants work together to develop and implement community-based projects that they believe will address a community issue collectively identified Each session includes networking opportunities, mentoring, guided readings, and social innovation projects.
A program designed to prepare and connect emerging African American leaders.
Through this cohort structure, limited to 15 participants, it is envisioned that the capacity to carry out the goals and objectives of the Justified Anger “Our Madison Plan” will be built and implemented by transforming the face of leadership in our community and equipping African American leaders with the distinct tools needed to lead change in our Madison, in this current moment.
Participants work together to develop and implement projects they believe will address a collectively identified community issue that is aligned with Our Madison Plan.
Session 1: Monday, Oct 9th, 9-3 pm
Session 2: Monday, Nov 13th, 9-3 pm
Session 3: Monday, Dec. 11th, 9-3 pm
Session 4: Monday, Jan. 8th, 9-3 pm
Session 5: Monday, Feb. 12th, 9-3 pm
Graduation: March date and details TBA
Nehemiah cultivates character, leadership, and economic development for the African American community through culturally grounded programs.